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Anthoine Verard dominated French book production in Paris from 1485 to 1512, publishing more than 280 editions. Skillfully maneuvering the multi-faceted role of "libraire," he achieved special renown for his in-folio volumes, printed on vellum and illuminated by the best artists of the time. For these presentation copies, Verard assumed the stance of "Acteur" of the book, proclaimed verbally in prologues which he affixed to individual copies and visually in frontispieces where the publisher is depicted as the kneeling donor. Verard composed 19 prologues, several prayers in verse, and an emblematic text for his publisher's device. All are edited and examined in this study, with reproductions of them accompanying full-page miniatures. These deluxe presentation copies reveal how the publisher prepared books for his various patrons, exploiting the dual arts of manuscript and print in order to capitalize on both commerce and patronage. Charles VIII and Anne de Bretagne, Charles d'Angouleme and his wife Louise de Savoie, parents of the future Francois I, Henry VII of England, and others attracted the publisher's attention. This study explores Verard's work as "author-donor," analyzing the publisher's own words and details of the books themselves. It examines Verard's relationships with contemporary authors, artists, editors, scribes, and printers, as well as merchants and clerks, so as to illuminate the work of the first great "marchand libraire."


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Anthoine Vérard, Parisian Publisher, 1485-1512 : Prologues, Poems and Presentations

Anthoine Vérard, Parisian Publisher, 1485-1512 : Prologues, Poems and Presentations

Anthoine Verard dominated French book production in Paris from 1485 to 1512, publishing more than 280 editions. Skillfully maneuvering the multi-faceted role of "libraire," he achieved special renown for his in-folio volumes, printed on vellum and...

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Title Anthoine Vérard, Parisian Publisher, 1485-1512 : Prologues, Poems and Presentations
Edition First Edition
Volume 313
By (author) Mary Beth WINN
ISSN 0082-6081
Issue 313
Language Français
Publisher Librairie Droz
Title First Published 01/1/1997
 
Format Hardback
ISBN-13 978-2-600-00219-6
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9782600002196
Reference no. 3-313
Publication Date 01/1/1997
Nb of pages 0 - 560
Illustrations 87 illustrations
Illustrations, unspecified
Dimensions 17.5 x 25 cm
Weight 1400 gr
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